Musings on Golden Globes Nominations 2012

Hello all, I must be quite out of it this week that I didn’t realize the Golden Globes is today! Thanks to Anna from Defiant Success for pointing out to me via Twitter that Gerry Butler was one of the announcers for this year’s nominees. You can check out the video below the complete list.


(now updated with winners, highlighted in dark teal)


The Descendants

The Help


The Ides of March


War Horse



The Artist


Midnight in Paris

My Week With Marilyn

Actor, drama 

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Actress, drama

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Actor, comedy or musical Jean Dujardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Actress, comedy or musical Jodie Foster, Carnage Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Supporting actor 

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Animated film


The Adventures of Tintin

Puss in Boots

Winnie the Pooh

Arthur Christmas

Foreign-language film 

The Flowers of War

In the Land of Blood and Honey

The Kid with a Bike

A Separation

The Skin I Live In


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxwon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Original song

Hello Hello (music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin), Gnomeo & Juliet

The Keeper (music and lyrics by Chris Cornell), Machine Gun Preacher

Lay Your Head Down (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close), Albert Nobbs

The Living Proof (music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas),
The Help

Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), W.E.

Original score

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Howard Shore, Hugo

John Williams, War Horse

I feel like this year I haven’t seen enough movies that are nominated here, which is a bummer! But hey, it won’t stop me from opining on the nominees… after all, these are simply my opinion, no science whatsoever in my predictions obviously.

Well, well, well, there aren’t a lot of surprises this year. I knew somehow The Artist would sweep a bunch of nominations and they do indeed with six. Lots of usual suspects again… Clooney, Pitt, DiCaprio, etc. Clooney is forever the GG King, seems like he’s never NOT nominated. He’s got TWO of his movies under the Dramatic category alone (The Descendants & The Ides of March)! Wow, he sure has a lot of clout in this business! Maybe one day I’ll get just what the fuss about him is [shrug]

The Artist

Even without having seen it, The Artist seems to be a shoo-in in the Comedy/Musical category, which translates to Jean Dujardin a highly likely winner for his performance in that category.

For the Dramatic Actor category,  I haven’t seen The Descendants yet but I heard George Clooney‘s performance was good, so I give him the benefit of the doubt. Somehow my gut says that Fassbender will perhaps walk away with the statue, though the other ‘it’ boy of the moment Gosling (I kind of think of Fassbender as the European version of Gosling for some reason) might also steal Clooney’s thunder. He’s got TWO nominations this year but none for Drive, which I thought is rather odd. So was his abs in Crazy, Stupid, Love really THAT spectacular??

Ok, I’m not gonna lie that I sort of wish Gerry Butler would pick up at least a nomination for his turn in Machine Gun Preacher, I really think he was good in it, but no, I’m not gonna say he’s snubbed as I haven’t seen the others’ performances.

In the Dramatic Actress category, I’d like to see Viola Davis win but with Meryl and Tilda, wow the competition is steep!! I can’t really say much on the Supporting Actor category as I have not seen a single one of those performances nominated [sigh] Just from seniority standpoint, I’d probably be cheering for Christopher Plummer as playing against type in Beginners (as a gay dad coming out in his later years) usually is popular with the voters.

Williams as Marilyn Monroe

The Supporting Actress category seems to be more up for grabs. I like Chastain in The Debt and Tree of Life, and I heard she was excellent in The Help so I’d love to see her win. But then again, if The Artist were to sweep most of the awards, there is a highly likely chance Bejo would walk away w/ the Globe along with Dujardin.

So Jodie Foster will battle it out w/ Kate Winslet in the Comedy/Musical Actress category for Carnage? That’s interesting, though I personally would rather see one of the noms go to Marion Cotillard instead for Midnight in Paris, anybody else feel that way too? In any case, if I were a betting woman, I’d probably put my money on the talented Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.

As for Best Director, well I like both Hugo and Midnight in Paris, the latter much more so, but despite both Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen being such celebrated auteurs, French director Michel Hazanavicius is likely to nab this award along with Best Picture in Musical/Comedy.


Just what is a Cecil B. DeMille award given every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Well, the award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Here’s what the HFPA website says about the marvelous 74-year-old actor:

After more than 20 years as a working actor he was finally catapulted into national prominence with the role of the volatile pimp Fast Black in 1987’s Street Smart, that earned him Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

He won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus.

Woot woot, I’d say he deserves it!! Who doesn’t love Mr. Freeman? He’s got a smile that lights up a room, and a booming voice that matches his regal charisma. Whether he’s in a serious roles like in Shawshank Redemption or comedic ones like in Maiden Heist or RED, he’s always so wonderful to watch! Plus, his brief role as Lucius Fox in Nolan’s Batman flicks are such great scene-stealers, I really think Lucius had the best lines!! So congrats Mr. Freeman, can’t wait to see you in The Dark Knight Rises next year!

Speaking of Cecil B. DeMille Award, my beloved Gregory Peck (you know I’m gonna slip him in somehow right? :D) was one of the recipient of the award in 1969, along with other Hollywood legends like James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Joan Crawford, among others. Oh, his co-star in Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn, was also one of the prestigious award recipient. Mr. Peck has won three Golden Globes in his career, and was nominated for more than a half dozen times.

Gregory Peck with Barbra Streisand at the 1969 Golden Globes Award

Well, that’s my thoughts on this year’s Golden Globes. Now what do YOU think?

34 thoughts on “Musings on Golden Globes Nominations 2012

  1. Yeah, i found the Stupid, Crazy, Love inclusion odd, as it seemed his performance in Drive got a lot more buzz. I was also a bit surprised by Dicaprio being in this one, as it seemed J. Edgar wasn’t quite the hit with critics the studio was probably planning it to be(as it with most biopics these days).

  2. I think part of the reason I never feel like analyzing the awards season is because (as you point out) I hardly get a chance to see them prior to the awards season. So I am basically left with saying something to the affect of – Yeah Fassbender deserves the award because that is the only film I have seen in that given category. It is very hard to be objective when I have subjectively chose which films I am going to see – darned impossible!

    And this is not helped in the slightest by the fact that half the films have yet to get widespread distro! But like I said elsewhere – great marketing for the films, I guess.

    1. Well I’m not ‘analyzing’ it per se, it’s simply my gut reaction about something I’m generally quite blase about. People I like usually don’t get nominated and it’s the same this year.

  3. Ted S.

    As you know I’m not into these award shows so I had no clue the nominations were announced either. But I can’t wait to see the list of the Razzies nominations. Ha ha. I’m quite sure Battle LA and Cowboys & Aliens will top the list of nominations.

  4. Matt Stewart

    I think they did a pretty good job with the nominees this year. I’m so glad Martin Scorsese and Hugo are getting the recognition they deserve!

  5. I really urge you to get some OSS117 into your life Ruth. Dujardin is so funny and charming in those films, as well as The Artist, that he is now Lyn’s new crush

    Yeay for Tilda Swinton too!!

  6. I’m going to post the same thing I’ve posted on other blog entries musing over the nominations, but I’ll temper that by first saying I’m pretty well surprised to see Gleeson get a nod. He was great in The Guard and it’s good to see that recognized.

    That said– no Muppets? I admit being impartial here since that movie’s on my top ten of ’11 easy, but I think there’s an objective argument to be made about the insanity of snubbing one of the only real musicals of the year in the Best Song category in favor of stroking Madonna’s ego and going for the expected celebrity choices. Life’s a Happy Song should have been nominated, no ifs, ands, or buts about it– regardless of the fact that I really liked the film. Just makes no sense to me.

    1. Yeah I think Gleeson and Gary Oldman got snubbed big time! Considering all the rave reviews, I’d think they could swap Clooney with one of them.

      Ahah, I’m not a fan of the Muppets in general so I can’t really comment on those. ‘… in favor of stroking Madonna’s ego and going for the expected celebrity choices’ Yep, they did that last year too by nominating The Tourist, Depp and Jolie, ugh!

  7. Thanks for posting the video Ruth. I had missed it.

    I, too, have missed a lot of these films due to local theaters not showing it.

    I have to agree with Andrew and so many others…what happened to The Muppets? They should be in the comedy/musical category at least in place of 50/50. I say 50/50 belongs in the Drama category instead.

    Glad for The Help getting several noms. I’d be happier for The Artist if I had seen more than just the trailer and poster. Not sure why Gosling got nominated for Crazy Stupid Love and not Drive.

    Agree with Woody Harrelson: There’s a lot missing from the list.

    1. Yeah, I think 50/50 is more of a drama. I think these categories are a bit problematic. Yeah, I’m happy for The Help, too. I haven’t been able to see it but I have a feeling I will LOVE it.

      Glad I’m not the only one who haven’t seen a lot of these, T 🙂

      1. The problem with 50/50, if there is a problem, is the trailer and TV spots. It’s the old bait and switch. The studio totally tried to cash in on Rogan’s comedy reputation by playing up the comedic elements. It’s looks like you’re getting an Apatow production when it’s really a deeper and more thoughtful movie than that. Marketing thinks it has to give you sugar (comedy) to make the medicine (drama) go down. Know what I mean?

        1. You’re right about the studio capitalizing on Rogan, but I think they might’ve discouraged some people from seeing it also. It’s a shame really, I think they should market it more on Levitt’s performance, but of course that’s naive of me.

  8. Well at least, it wasn’t nearly as ridiculous as last year when they nominated The Tourist, Burlesque, Red and Alice in Wonderland all in one swoop. Looks like this won’t be Gary Oldman’s year… once again 😦

    1. I know, bummer about Oldman isn’t it? Man I hope The Academy will recognize him, I mean come on!! But yeah, at least nothing like The Tourist getting nominated for Best Picture, that’s one of the GG’s all time low I’d say.

  9. Ruth,

    I’m not sure why you’re not on the Clooney bandwagon yet. Just curious… how many of these movies have you seen? Out Of Sight, Three Kings, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Up In The Air, Good Night and Good Luck, The Descendants or The Ides Of March?

    There’s a good reason Clooney gets nominated. First he was born in to a showbiz family being the son of Nick Clooney, a former American Movie Classics host. Nice. It’s like having TMC’s Robert Osborne as your father. Also he’s the nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney and her husband, oscar winner, Jose Ferrer (Lawrence of Arabia) whose son is Miguel Ferrer (Twin Peaks, Robocop). Interestingly enough in middle school, Clooney developed Bell’s palsy, a debilitating condition that partially paralyzes the face. The malady went away within a year. “That was the worst time of my life. You know how cruel kids can be. I was mocked and taunted, but the experience made me stronger.” So he’s actually been on the other side of being good looking and cool.

    When it came to acting like Tom Hanks (Bussom Buddies) he came from a TV show (The Facts of Life) that no one could have predicted the success that would follow. He honed his chops on the Emmy winning shows Rosanne and ER. He’s won awards for acting and been nominated for writing and directing. When it comes to all around talent in Hollywood he’s probably somewhere between Eastwood (the pinnacle) and Redford (better than average) on the talent scale. Sure Leatherheads was awful and he’s known as the “Batman with nipples” but Eastwood had his monkey movies too. Lol. He even made J Lo look great in Out Of Sight and that’s saying something. In my opinion he’s this generation’s Cary Grant to Tom Hanks Jimmy Stewart.

    What else… he’s sought after by cutting edge directors at the very top of their game today. Payne, Gilroy, Reitman, Corbijn, Wes Anderson, Rodriguez, Wolfgang Peterson, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, O’Russell, Malick, Frears, Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity in 2012) and both Soderbergh (6) and The Coens (3) multiple times.

    Acting range? Let’s see … he’s s done
    Action – The Perfect Storm, The Peacemaker
    Animated – Fantastic Mr Fox, The South Park movie and series
    Childrens Movies – Spy Kids
    Comedies – Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty
    Documentaries – Darfur Now, Sand and Sorrow
    Dramas – Up In The Air
    Dramedies – The Descendants
    Horror – From Dusk ’til Dawn
    Musicals – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Period Films – Good Night and Good Luck, The Good German
    Political Thrillers – The Ides of March, Syriana
    Sci-Fi – Solaris
    Summer Blockbusters – Oceans 11, 12, and 13.
    Superhero Movies – … on second thought let’s not bring that subject up.
    Thrillers – Michael Clayton, The American
    TV – Rosanne, ER
    TV (Live) – Fail Safe – a remake of the Lumet’s film from ’64.
    War – Three Kings, A Thin Red Line

    He was even in the The Muppets movie. C’mon Ruth! That said if you don’t like him… you don’t like him. I mean I can’t see the big deal with Shia LeBouf but he keeps getting hired by the Bay’s and Spielberg’s of this world but then again I’m not really into popcorn movies. I’ll take guys who’ve elevated the popcorn movies to an art form like Nolan, Jackson or Greengrass anyday because they challenge the viewer rather than spoon-feed them ‘splosions and happy endings.

    I’m just curious what you disagree with what I’ve said above to not see anything special about him.

    I rest my case,

    1. Ha..ha… I appreciate the comprehensive comment, Dave. You might as well make a blog post out of it and just send me the link 🙂

      Well I’ve seen enough of his films of various genres (though granted not as many as you) and sorry to say, I think he’s a GOOD actor, even charismatic at times, but as a matter of preference, I just don’t see him as ‘all that’ if you know what I mean. Yes he’s good in Up in the Air, I didn’t complain that he was nominated for that last year, and I LOVE him in One Fine Day, but generally he’s not the kind of actor I’d rush to see. I think overexposure might have something to do with it, though it’s no fault of his necessarily.

      I respect your admiration for him, Dave, and I’m not bashing him, I just simply think there are equally talented actors in Hollywood that deserves to be recognized as well.

      Oh and for his pedigree, I’m actually more fascinated by actors who come from a humble background, who knew NOBODY in the industry and really started from scratch. Of course I don’t mean to say that George’s success was influenced by his family, surely he got to where he is on his own merit.

      1. I realize you’re not bashing him. I didn’t mean to imply that. If Hollywood knew anything about recognition of talent do you think directors like Scorsese, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Wells, and Hitchcock go without winning an Oscar? They finally HAD to give Marty his Oscar for The Departed which IMHO would not even be in his top 5 films.

        Believe it or not I don’t think he’s overexposed because of the range and quality of work he does. Just like I don’t think it’s possible to overexpose actors like Streep, Hanks, Winslet, Depp, Blanchett etc. for the same reason. Jessica Chastain (whom I like) hasn’t had the longevity yet is in danger of burning herself out to audiences. We haven’t had time to get behind her and like her yet the way we really like those actors listed above if that makes sense. I’d put George in that category. But that’s just me. So 😛

  10. I was mostly shocked by AMERICAN HORROR STORY nominated for best show. The show is abnormally morbid and shallow, and although some people like that, it really isn’t something worth awarding. Jeremy Irons’ nomination for best actor in THE BORGIAS was also shocking, since he was the weakest link in the show with his uninspired and weak performance, even though I generally like him as an actor.
    Hope Kate Winslet and Fass My Benders win.

    1. I second you Dezmond on AMERICAN HORROR STORY. I was stunned actually. I don’t mind the morbidity but it’s quite shallow and not horrific at all. It lost me in the first episode. Now Von Trier’s THE KINGDOM was a good horror story done right for TV. It is nice to see Jessica Lange back though. Actually the only new show of the season I’m watching is HOMELAND. Don’t be surprised if Claire Danes wins. She really showed she’s not a one-trick pony after her performance in TEMPLE GRANDIN. I’ve never seen an actor do a bi-polar character as well as her in HOMELAND. It’s astonishing. Really.

      1. glad you agree, I’m stunned too. If they went for horror they should’ve nominated THE WALKING DEAD since it has those marvelous suspense and psychological scenes and is more of a great drama than action.
        Claire Danes will certainly win since she already won a Globe a few years ago. I hope Damian Lewis wins too, I love him soooo.

        1. Yeah Damian Lewis… pretty intense. If you haven’t seen it I recommend the movie KEANE with a cute, little Abigail Breslin if you don’t mind dark, brooding stuff. From Lodge Kerrigan the director of CLEAN, SHAVEN.

        2. Sorry Dezzy and Dave, I haven’t seen much TV this year, that’s why I left the TV noms out on this post. I’m surprised you didn’t like Jeremy in The Borgias, but then again I haven’t seen the show so I can’t comment on that one. Btw I just realized Damian Lewis is married to Helen McRory, I like her a lot and she was good in Hugo.

  11. Hey there,

    I found your blog through our common blogging friend at Splitreel where you seem to be a frequent visitor.
    I also missed the Golden Globes nominations and only found out like 2 days later because I’ve been incredibly overworked lately. In any case, I usually don’t mind missing the Globes altogether because it just seems that they cater to big names so they can bring in a substantial tv audience. It’s all a big party for the big stars of Hollywood. No better example than the surprising nominations that Angelina Jolie an Johnny Depp received last year for the very disappointing film “The Tourist”. Obviously the Hollywood Foreign Press just wanted them to show up to the show and have a few drinks while at it.

    The only great contribution of the Globes is certainly the prestigious Cecil B. De Mille Award. This year’s recipient is certainly deserving, not only because of his great talent as an actor, but also because of his contributions to the advancement of African-american actors in Hollywood, to whom he’s opened many doors.

    Feel free to check out my “Blog of Big Ideas”. I’m definitely in need of some readers to push me to work harder on my blogging 🙂
    Looking forward to sharing some thoughts on film.


    1. Hi Niels, welcome to FC! Yeah, the Globes is one big party indeed, I mean just look at the irreverent host! I might skip the telecast this year as I can’t stand that guy.

      The Tourist noms are so atrocious last year, I mean the short cameo from Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton are far more compelling than both of those actors’ scenes combined!!

      Yes, the Cecil B DeMille award part at least got it right, though why it took ’em so long to recognize Mr. Freeman! He should’ve gotten it even 10 yrs ago.

      I’ll check out your blog for sure, always nice to ‘meet’ another fellow cinephile!

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  13. illuminati7590

    Good post!! As I haven’t seen Descendants and Artist I can’t say anything about them but like you mentioned some I’m disappointed with

    1. Gosing’s performance in Drive being not noticed(Ryan Gosling Drive > Ides Of March )
    2. Voila Davis missing out on Best Actress.
    3. Warrior being totally forgotten I think it definitely deserves a nomination for Best Picture(Drama) and Best Supporting Actor(Nick Noelte). (Joel Edgerton in Warrior > Gosling in Ides Of March.
    4.Rango is better than Tintin(but it doesn’t have Spielberg tag to it).

    What I liked most in the Winners
    1.A Separation in Foreign Language category
    2. Ocatvia Spencer For Help
    3.Martin Scorsese For Hugo(btw, I didn’t see Hugo yet).

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